Sleeping in Airports

Alicante Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Alicante Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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ALC Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Alicante-Elche Airport.

What to Expect

Alicante Airport (code: ALC) is a modern terminal that is split into two sections (C Gates and B Gates) to separate Schengen and non-Schengen passengers, though flights within the Schengen area use both terminal areas. The airport hosts a wide variety of shops and eateries, with most located on the airside. WiFi is available and there are charging areas located with Internet/computer access points throughout the airport. Economy class passengers can pay to use the private airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Alicante Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / 30Dec2016)

Sleeping in Alicante Airport

Travellers rate the airport as clean, safe and a pleasant place to spend the night. Airport staff and security are described as especially accommodating to overnight sleepers, going so far as to turning off lights and trying to be as quiet as possible around sleeping travellers. There is some armrest-free seating, but some travellers opted for floor sleeping in various quiet nooks, with the arrivals area cited the most for both furnished and floor sleeping. Those considering the floor should bringing a sleeping bag and/or travel mat. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Alicante Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Areca – (3 min from the aiport) Airport transfers are available for a fee. » Check Rates
  • Hostal La Posada – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport transfers » Check Rates
  • Hotel Dona Isabel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport transfers. The hotel suggests a taxi for approx. 10,00€ each way. » Check Rates
  • Hostal Meseguer – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport transfers » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Alicante Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update there are no first class lounges that passengers can pay to use.  According to a tip submitted to us in February 2020, the Salon Ifach is closed.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Alicante Airport terminal. Connect to the “kubiwireless” network. (SSID: Airport_Free_Wifi_AENA).

Additionally, you will find computers with printers and mobile charging at these internet access points: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 2, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Commercial Area • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B22-23 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B32-33 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates 46-47.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Floor 0, Arrivals • Floor 2, Check-in • Floor 2, Boarding zone • General Car Park P1.

Chapel – Located at Terminal 1, Level 1.

Currency Exchange – There are 3 Global Exchange offices: Floor 0, Baggage Claim • Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 0, Boarding zone

Duty Free – There are 3 Duty Free stores: The Arrivals Shop (Floor 0, Airside. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM) • The Express Shop (Floor 2, Airside. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM) • The Shop (Floor 2, Airside. Hours: 4:00AM – 12:00AM).

Family Services – The following services are available:

  • Baby Care Facilities: Baby change facilities and children’s toilet areas are available throughout all airport toilets
  • Children’s Play Area: When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Airside, Floor 2 • Landside, Arrivals at Baggage Claim Carousel Areas 1-7, 8-11 and 12-14.
  • Nursing Room: A comfortable place to breastfeed (armchairs, microwaves, changing tables, and more) in private is available. Location: Airside, Floor 2, Gate B34-B35.
  • Stroller Rentals: Free strollers are available in the following locations: Baggage Claim Carousel Areas 1-7, 8-11 and 12-14 and on Floor 0, delivery deposit area.

Food / Beverages – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Costa Coffee (Departures, airside, 2nd floor) • La Pausa (Departures, airside, 2nd floor – high season only). Vending machines are also available in the airport.

Information Desk – Location: Floor 2, Landside, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Airside • Floor 0, Arrivals (mobile unit during busy times).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Storage service is provided by Grupo21. You can drop off your items between 7:00AM – 7:00PM and can pick up your items from 5:00AM – 9:00PM. The company also offers home delivery services. Storage prices range from 4,20€ – 11,20€ for 2 hours – 24 hours (small item) or 6,30€ – 16,80€ for 2 – 24 hours (bulky item).

Luggage Wrapping – Grupo21 provides luggage wrapping services. Rates: unknown.

Medical Services – A first aid office is located on Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

Mobile Charging – Locations: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 2, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Commercial Area • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B22-23 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B32-33 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates 46-47.

Pharmacy – Farmacia, Floor 0, Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 11:00PM and closes half hour later in high season.

Photo Booths – Locations: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 2, Boarding Zone

Police – Location: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

VAT Refund Desk – If you are a non-resident in the EU, you can claim a refund on the taxes you paid for your purchases in Spain. Location: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Alicante airport is served by the following airlines: Aer LingusAeroflotAir Algérie • Air Europa • Air France • Air Nostrum • Alba Star • BA CityFlyer • Blue Air • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Carpatair • Corendon Dutch Airlines • EasyJet • Eurowings • Evelop • FinnairIcelandair • • KLM • Laudamotion • Level • Lufthansa • Luxair • Neos • Norwegian Air • Orbest • RyanAir • SAS • S7 Airlines • SkyUp Airlines • Swiss • International Airlines • TAP Air Portugal • Tarom • Transavia • TUI • Ukraine International Airlines • VIM Airlines • Volotea • Vueling Airlines • Windrose • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Alicante Airport is well connected with the bus system including at least three city buses and four intercity buses. The bus stop area is located on the 2nd floor of the airport terminal for all buses. For route maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the Vectalia Subús website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located in the Arrivals Hall: Avis/Budget • Centauro • Europcar • Goldcar • Hertz • Record Rent a Car • Sixt. Location: Arrivals, P1. .


Metered airport taxis are available just outside of the Arrivals Hall. The Radio Taxi Elche information desk is open from 9:00AM – 1:00AM inside the Arrivals Hall. Trips to and from ALC airport are charged an airport supplement fee of € 4.25 in addition to the metered fare. Estimated one-way fares between the airport and Elche are € 23 (Ordinary Fare) or € 25 (Special Fare). For fares and route options, visit the Alicante Airport website.

Last updated: 2020-10-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.